What is the global suicide death rate?

Updated: Aug 06, 2020
  • Author: Jerry L Halverson, MD; Chief Editor: David Bienenfeld, MD  more...
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In 2005, 1.4% of all deaths worldwide were attributed to suicide. The actual number is unknown, as underreporting is predictably significant in many regions of the world. Suicide is estimated to be the eighth leading cause of death in all age ranges. In Eastern Europe, 10 countries report more than 27 suicides per 100,000 persons. Latin America and Muslim countries report the lowest rates, with fewer than 6.5 cases per 100,000 persons. Suicide rates increased from 1955-2009 in most countries but have decreased from 1990-2009.

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